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Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

Museum Exhibit Documents Queens Coming Out

BY ANDY HUMM | Hundreds of proud activists crowded into the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Corona Park for the June 9 opening of an exhibit on the unique history of the LGBTQ movement in New York’s most diverse borough. “Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” emptied the closet of out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, […]

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

Pride Month Kicks Off in Jackson Heights

BY MARK HALLUM | As is its tradition, Queens Pride kicked off the city’s month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights on June 4 with a turnout far exceeding last year’s and a special focus on those who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Leaders in the fight for equal rights […]

Rain Can’t Drown Pride In Jackson Heights

Rain Can’t Drown Pride In Jackson Heights

  PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Despite a heavy cloud cover and periodic downpours, the LGBT community and its allies turned out in force on Sunday, June 5 for the 24th annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival. The parade kicked off at noon from 89th Street and 37th Avenue, proceeding to the site of the […]

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jackson Heights home in the early morning hours of November 29 sparked an impassioned rally by transgender women and their allies led by Make the Road, a social justice organization, on the evening of December 3. The crowd swelled to […]

Anti-Gay Flyers Surface on Jackson Heights Cars

Anti-Gay Flyers Surface on Jackson Heights Cars

BY BILL PARRY | The NYPD’s 115th precinct in Queens is investigating the appearance of anti-gay flyers discovered on cars around Jackson Heights the weekend of August 29-30. The hate literature, written in English and Spanish, quotes Romans 1:18-32. “And the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one […]

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of the killing at 37th Avenue and 78th Street, since renamed Julio Rivera Corner. More than half of the 50 people who gathered the evening of July […]

Julio Rivera’s 1990 Murder to Be Remembered in Jackson Heights

Julio Rivera’s 1990 Murder to Be Remembered in Jackson Heights

BY BILL PARRY | Queens residents will join City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, a gay Jackson Heights Democrat, and LGBT activists for a candlelight vigil to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s anti-gay murder. The crowd will gather on July 1 at 6 p.m. at the southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue, the very spot […]

On Pride, Queens Is Always First

On Pride, Queens Is Always First

  BY PAUL SCHINDLER/ PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | On Sunday June 1, Jackson Heights played host to the 22nd annual Queens LGBT Pride celebration with a parade down 37th Avenue and an afternoon cultural festival right in the heart of the neighborhood. As in past years, Queens got a jump on the other boroughs, […]

Pride Month Debuts In Queens

Pride Month Debuts In Queens

The Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a march along 37th Avenue and a multicultural festival featuring stage entertainment. Traditionally the first big gathering during Pride Month in New York City, the event began in the wake of tragedy — the 1991 murder of Julio Rivera, a Jackson Heights gay […]